Online Shopping Cart Reviews
Online Shopping Carts Reviews
Before picking a shopping cart for your website you need to know what a shopping cart does. Let’s get started.
What is a shopping cart?
A shopping cart is a term used to describe something (software) that you add to your website so that your customer can make a purchase. It works like a real shopping cart.
Your customer can browse through your website and add items they want to buy. When they are ready to purchase they click checkout. A new webpage appears with the items in the customer’s shopping cart, the price, the taxes and the shipping options. Your customer can click complete and you’ve made a sale. Here are the steps again:
- Your customers browses your website
- The customer adds items they want to buy into their “shopping cart”
- The customer clicks checkout when they are ready to purchase
- All the items the customer put in the shopping cart appear on a new webpage known as checkout
- The checkout page also shows the prices, total price, taxes and shipping.
- The customer checks out by entering their credit card information and clicks on submit.
There are different types of solutions but the functions are the same.
What are the different types of carts?
We will break this down into 2 different kinds: Server Side and Hosted.
Server Side Shopping Carts
Some carts are simply software that you add to your website. Generally, the shopping carts are software that you will implement on your web server. This is easier than it sounds. However, if you have no technical experience and you don’t have comfort or time to learn you will want to hire this to be done for you.
Hosted Shopping Carts
Hosted shopping carts are super easy to implement. All of the software is on the provider’s servers. So you simply add code to your checkout page. The code is simple to add. Again if you are not comfortable adding code then you will want to hire someone to do this for you.
There is a third type of shopping cart. This type is really a complete ecommerce solution. The solutions we recommend are Big Commerce and Shopify.
Another type of shopping cart that is an all-in-one solution is Magento. Here is more on Magento.
Let’s start out by talking about Magento. Please click here to learn more.